Australians love to cruise, as evidenced by the fact that they currently lead the world cruise market in terms of number of cruisers per head of population. And the numbers continue to rise, in Australia and beyond, with more of the world accessed by cruise ship than ever before.
River cruising, in particular, has exponentially grown in popularity, with European destinations at the forefront, and for good reason. With its legendary waterways such as the Rhine or the Danube, the Rhône, the Po, Seine, and the Elbe, a river cruise offers all the luxury and convenience of an ocean cruise.
Along with the rise in cruising, and because today’s traveler seeks more immersive experiences, the market for pre- and post-cruise train vacations has blossomed as well. With pre- and post-cruise train vacations in particular, travelers have the opportunity to extend their exciting Alaskan cruise or European river cruise with an unforgettable train adventure.
There is no shortage of memorable moments to be had by combining the two. However, many travellers are so focused on planning and booking their cruise that they often don’t consider adding on extra nights in iconic destinations to the front or back end of their trip beyond their ports of call.
Railbookers and Amtrak Vacations offer an appealing selection of pre- and post-cruise rail vacations throughout Europe and North America, including journeys to places such as the magical fjords of Norway, the famed lakes and mountains of Switzerland, the bustling city centers of Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Berlin, and Budapest, and even across the United States and Canada.
Learn more below about popular pre- and post- train holidays, or tailor-make your own journey with the help of Railbookers and Amtrak Vacations Rail Experts. After all, that’s part of the fun and excitement!
This all-encompassing eight-night rail odyssey of Switzerland takes in the best this wonderful country has to offer. Starting from popular river cruise port-of-call Basel, take the train to St. Moritz and spend two day in the idyllic resort town. From there, take a ride onboard the stunning Bernina Express train. Take the spectacular Glacier Express train to historical Zermatt for two-nights, where you enjoy the iconic Matterhorn Mountain via the Gornergrat Cog Railway. Travel to lakeside Lausanne for a relaxing night before continuing your journey along the Golden Pass line to the traditional Swiss town of Lucerne. Enjoy 3-nights here with day trips on the World’s Steepest Cogwheel train line on Mount Pilatus, and to the highest railway station in Europe on the Jungfrau Railway.
This 24-day adventure is packed full of incredible moments and experiences for any traveller! Starting in Los Angeles, one of the biggest cruise ports in the world, iconic cities like San Francisco and Seattle before boarding the Norwegian Bliss for your cruise to Alaska. Dock in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C. You’ll even get to cruise through Glacier Bay! From there, you’ll get to explore Vancouver before climbing aboard VIA Rail for your train adventure to the Canadian Rockies. In Jasper, take an included tour along the world-famous Icefields Parkway with visits to the Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Glacier, Glacier Skywalk, and so much more! Wrap up your adventure in Toronto, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit all the city’s iconic landmarks like the CN Tower before enjoying a full day tour of Niagara Falls.
This four-night rail holiday brings you to two of the world’s greatest cities, romantic Paris and vibrant London! Start in Amsterdam, popular port city for many European cruises, and take the train to Paris, the city of light and love, and revel in its glorious history and sumptuous architecture. Shop with the locals at the chic boutiques or at one of the numerous antique markets. Overload on art and culture at the Louvre or Musée d'Orsay, and then feast on crepes from a street vendor, or at a restaurant featuring some of the finest cuisine in the world. Next, travel to iconic London for two nights, and enjoy an open top bus tour which takes you by all the major landmarks and major sites such as St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park. Perhaps even take in a show in the bustling West End, or enjoy a walking tour of the historic East End and hear the gruesome tales of Jack the Ripper and other historic characters!